The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) headquartered in Washington, D.C., will award its 2019 Hall of Achievement Award to Donald R. Knauss and Richard K. Smucker. Knauss is the former CEO and chair of The Clorox Co.; Smucker is executive chair of the board and former CEO of The J.M. Smucker Co.
The 2019 Hall of Achievement Award will be presented at GMA’s annual Leadership Forum on Aug. 15.
The Hall of Achievement Award, the consumer packaged goods industry’s highest honor, recognizes the service and extraordinary contributions of distinguished consumer packaged goods industry leaders. Both Knauss and Smucker were active and long-serving members of the GMA board of directors.
Knauss served as chair and CEO of The Clorox Co. from October 2006-November 2014 and executive chair from November 2014-June 2015. Knauss held previous positions with Coca-Cola North America, PepsiCo Inc. and Procter & Gamble. Knauss also served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.
“Over the course of his distinguished career, Don became a titan of our industry,” said GMA President and CEO Geoff Freeman. “Don’s exemplary leadership, tireless work ethic and commitment to his community are just a few of the reasons he is so deserving of this recognition.”
Smucker is executive chairman of the board of The J.M. Smucker Co. He served as CEO from August 2011 through April 2016 and co-CEO from February 2001 through August 2011. He held previous board and trustee positions with the Wm. Wrigley, Jr. Co., Sherwin-Williams, International Multifoods, the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank and is currently the president of The Cleveland Orchestra. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserves.
“As the fourth generation CEO of a publicly traded, family run business, Richard led The J.M. Smucker Co. to new heights,” said Freeman. “Richard exemplifies the very best qualities of a purpose-driven leader, and his contributions to our industry have been invaluable.”